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Computing and Comms driving UAVS

Computing and Comms driving UAVS

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The use of UAVs in the military context is a great headline grabber, but a wealth of computer technology is really helping the sector take off in much more creative directions. How will we be employing drones in the upcoming decades? They're being used for everything from terrorising terrorists to monitoring tuna stocks in the ocean. Children are piloting them with smartphones, and law-enforcement officials are using them to track down and capture most-wanted targets. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more popularly known as drones, have developed rapidly in recent years, thanks to some largely untrumpeted developments in information and communications technology. The terms 'UAV' and 'drone' cover a multitude of vehicle types, and the situation is quickly approaching where sub-definitions will be needed to keep up with the variety of products on the market. This technology starts with military applications before making its way into the commercial space. For years, the main uses of UAVs were military ones. Since the Second World War, UAVs have gradually developed from glorified flying bombs into more sophisticated vehicles used for surveillance and targeted attacks.

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